Google is teaming up with Disney and Penguin Random House for a new ‘read along’ app that pair’s Disney’s Little Golden Book series with music and ambient noise.
The initiative is an extension of Google Assistant as it delivers the new skill to help with the process of getting children to bed. Starting this week, saying “hey Google, let’s read along with Disney” will get the Google Home speaker’s app started.
The voice recognition feature will match sound effects to key points in ten Disney children’s books. It will also skip pages, go back a few, repeat a chapter and queue up a corresponding soundscape.
Supported titles the new skill boats include Mickey’s Christmas Carol, Three Little Pigs, Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, Coco, Jack Jack Attack, Mickey Mouse and his Spaceship, Moana, Toy Story 3 and Peter Pan.
“We hope that it’s something that parents will do with their kids each and every day,” said Kelsey Gliva, product marketing manager at Google Home.
‘As we look to the future, thinking about the context of the family and ways that we can enhance routines that they already do is something that we’re really interested in. We know parents and their kids are sort of fearless when it comes to assistant technology – they ask lots of questions and they engage, and we know with Disney’s iconic character voices, it’s a really fantastic way to bring this to life.”